How to Overcome Challenges
“The only constant in life is change”
The above quote was originally stated by Heraclitus of Ephesus (c.500 BCE); one of the pre-Socratic philosophers of ancient Greece. Who knew a philosophy founded over 2,500 years ago would be so accurate and applicable to society today?
Things change every day — whether it be the weather, a process at work, your plans, or even a life altering change in our personal lives — it is important we know this ahead of time. If we expect changes, it can help ease the challenges we are faced with. However, this alone is not enough to successfully tackle the changes and challenges that are thrown at us.
Instead, the key to success is in a mindset and skill set driven towards accomplishments.
Here are Pro-Tips on How to Overcome Challenges and Obstacles:
Think Big —
We often limit our own potential by doubting ourselves and having a mindset of, “I could never accomplish that!” Be conscious of steering away from thoughts like that and instead seeing and believing in big things for your future. Try your hardest to not despise the challenge before it has even started; chances are the challenge has been presented in your life for a reason, most commonly to help you grow in your career and personal development.
Identify the Challenge —
Be sure to identify what the challenge is specifically. Is it a challenge that is important to you and will be worth your while to tackle? A good way to answer this question is to set goals for yourself and reflect back on them. Look at the big picture. If it is a challenge you must face, a pro-tip is to make your goal public to your friends, family, or colleagues. Pubic goals hold you accountable and this puts you at a better chance of achieving them.
Surround Yourself with Motivation —
Re-frame your thoughts about challenges by reading inspirational messages and following the approaches and attitudes of successful leaders. Positivity is key — tackling your challenge with a positive mindset will make a world of difference. For steps on how to be more positive, feel free to reference to my recent post written about the importance of maintaining a positive outlook, by clicking here.
Be Persistent —
Success is rarely handed to someone, instead it is something that one must work towards and earn. Keep in mind that the most successful and famous entrepreneurs, such as — Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, and Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon — undoubtedly faced countless challenges on their journey to the top.
To achieve great things, you must be persistent. Keep trying and trying. If you become frustrated, take a step away for a few minutes. Take a walk, complete another task, but always come back to the challenge you wish to overcome. Keep your eyes on the end result and don’t stop until you are there.
Work Smarter, Not Harder —
Hard work goes far, but smart work goes further. Your time is often your biggest asset — do not waste it. Make sure your approaches are diligent by measuring your results using analytics. Are you making progress? If so, you are on the right path. But if your working hard for a large portion of time and you are not making a dent in overcoming your challenge, it is time to stop this approach and try a new one.
Utilize Your Resources —
Never stop believing that there is more to learn; that there are others in your life that can teach you wisdom. It does not make you look weak to ask your supervisor or other individuals in your life for advice on how to go about tackling the challenge you are faced with. It actually makes you appear strong, confident and intelligent.
My father always tells me that it is foolish to not at least listen to the advice and feedback he and my mother share with me. As he says, I don’t have to execute on their advice, but it never hurts to listen. Bouncing ideas off of other people often helps to steer your mindset in the right direction.
Celebrate Your Wins —
Write down a list of your accomplishments and every challenge you overcome! It is very important to celebrate these moments in your life. If you are ever feeling unmotivated or discouraged, refer back to your list of achievements and remember how great it felt to experience that success. This will drive yourself to keep taking the actions to overcome any challenge you are facing.
These tips should help you face any challenge that you encounter!